How is the gold become dim ! how is the most fine goldchanged ! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street.2
The precioussons of Zion,comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthenpitchers, the work of the hands of the potter !
Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.4
The tongue of the sucking childcleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young childrenaskbread, and no man breaketh it unto them.
They that did feeddelicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarletembracedunghills.6
For the punishment of the iniquitya of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no handsstayed on her.
Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire:8
Their visage is blackerb than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skincleaveth to their bones; it is withered , it is become like a stick.9
They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger: for these pine away , stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.10
The hands of the pitifulwomen have sodden their own children: they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.11
The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierceanger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.
The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.13
For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her,
They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men couldnottouch their garments.15
They cried unto them, Depart ye; it is unclean;depart , depart , touch not: when they fled away and wandered , they said among the heathen, They shall no moresojourn there.
The angerc of the LORD hath divided them; he will no moreregard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders.17
As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vainhelp: in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.
They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near , our days are fulfilled ; for our end is come .
Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.20
The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD, was taken in their pits, of whom we said , Under his shadow we shall live among the heathen.21Rejoice and be glad , O daughter of Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz; the cup also shall pass through unto thee: thou shalt be drunken , and shalt make thyself naked .
The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished , O daughter of Zion; he will no more carry thee away into captivity : he will visit thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom; he will discover thy sins.